Family law matters can be extremely complicated. Some people may think that a divorce simply results in joint custody agreements, an equal division of property, and the nonpayment of alimony, the truth of the matter is far different. Many couples wind up battling for sole custody rights, equitable but not even division of property and debts, and significant amounts of alimony and child support.
One issue that can complicate these matters, especially child custody, is military service. To see an example, Californians need only look at one recent case where a man is at risk of losing custody of his son merely because he is currently deployed to Afghanistan. According to reports, a judge awarded temporary custody to the child's biological mother. The child's father is now appealing the decision.
This is a situation in which many military members may find themselves. The courts base child custody and visitation determinations on what furthers a child's best interests, and long-term, long-distance military deployment may be seen as detrimental to a child, even though there are laws in place to protect members of the military from hasty custody decisions. An adverse child custody decision may force a child to change schools, enter a home with which he or she is not familiar, and strain a strong bond the child has with his or her other parent.
To prevent these negative consequences from occurring, those facing difficult child custody and visitation issues need to ensure they are putting forth the strongest case possible under the circumstances. An experienced family law attorney may be able to help with process by speaking with helpful witnesses and gathering supporting evidence. Those who want to learn more about how to protect their legal rights and their relationship with their children should consider discussing the matter with a skilled legal professional.